The Week in Music Politics:
Bjork had some life advice for everyone this week in a newly published Pitchfork interview: “just go for a walk for an hour and come back and see how you feel then.” It’s apparently what ?uestlove, Common, and Black Thought did during the rain delays at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, because they surprise a 15-year-old street drummer in New Orleans by drumming with him:
Also, check out this cool interview with M.I.A. at Oxford Union in which she talks about the Refugee crisis and her own career:
The Week in Music #NoRoleModelz:
In reference to J. Cole’s track “No Role Modelz” off the platinum-with-no-features record 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the following is an account of musicians and artists that left us all disappointed with their behavior this week:
Diddy a.k.a. Puffy Daddy a.k.a. Sean Combs is being sued for sexual harassment. His former employee, a chef who worked for him in his home in L.A., claims that, according to Noisey: “Diddy and his house guests would regularly call for her services while nude, immediately following sexual activity with other guests. She specifies that once while working in the kitchen, a male guest of Combs approached her in the nude, asking her to admire his genitals.” A representative for Diddy commented on the matter stating that “this is a frivolous lawsuit by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for a cause.”
yup, “a cause.”
The Week in Music Business:
Although the All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur biopic is set to be released next month, Stereogum reports that Steve McQueen (the director of 12 Years a Slave), has signed on to direct an authorized Tupac documentary:
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” said McQueen in a press release. “I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”
The Week in Music Comic-book Movies:
There were a lot of music/comic-book tie-in’s this week, as Donald Glover released that he’ll be producing a Deadpool T.V. show for FXX.
Also, The “Pizzagate” people might think Father John Misty is on it now, according to Spin, but FJM seems to have other plans that need addressing, specifically, his desire to play Gambit in an X-Men film he’s pitching to Marvel on Twitter. He then rattles off his ideas for the cast, how it should be filmed, and even backtracks to suggest that he shouldn’t play Gambit let alone be in his own imaginary X-Men film at all. Below you’ll find the details of FJM’s imaginary X-Men film tweets condensed into one paragraph:
I’d like 60 million dollars to make the Executioners Song @Marvel. I’m going to rehabilitate Lindsey Lohan, casting her as Jean Grey mother of Strife as played by @GerardDepardeui. John Lurie as Cable. No music, no lighting, single camera, Asia Argento as Psylocke. Frances Bean Cobain as Rogue @Marvel. Fuck I just realized John Lurie should be Gambit. @Marvel Forest Whitaker as Wolverine. Grace Jones as Storm. Tilda Swinton as Charles Xavier @Marvel. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen as War and Famine. Charlie XCX as Boom Boom. Shaun Ross as Archangel @Marvel. Ice-T as Bishop. Chloe Sevigny as Mrs. Sinister. This is dark. Ronnie Milsap as Apocalypse @Marvel. Tom Waits as Cable.
He also begins the rant by saying that “Johnny Depp as Thanos is going to be this generations Marlon Brando as Kurtz and I have never been more proud,” even though Thanos is played by Josh Brolin and not Depp…
Not that we didn’t already know that Father John Misty, or his new Twitter name “Feather Jam Ministry,” was a weird dude, but if you haven’t been convinced yet, here’s a video of him eating pizza and singing a song about James Comey’s firing.
The Week in Music Oddities:
If you remember back last month, it was revealed that Tyler, the Creator had made the new theme song for Bill Nye: Saves the World on Netflix (thought it becomes apparently clear after hearing it). Now, Tyler has announced a plethora of new projects, including a new show on VICELAND called Nuts and Bolts, in which Tyler will explore “how things are made,” and The Jellies, an animated adult comedy on Adult Swim, which ” tells the story of a 16-year-old human son to jellyfish parents…”
So, you might have heard of the new “fidget spinners,” a toy that’s meant to fidget with that may or not actually help people with ADHD, well, it’s become a craze, especially here in NYC, yet I feel like it’s about to be over because Styles P just became the best at it of all time and no one will ever be better than this.
In a startling mix-up on his new song about dead rappers, KRS-One accidentally pays his respects to the wrong Beastie Boys member. In the line: “Like a late fog in the mist/I see King Ad-Rock and rest in peace Nate Dogg/Their names and their natures will last,” KRS-One mentions the currently alive Ad-Rock, when Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA), was the one who passed away. *whoops*
The Week in Music Releases:
- Harry Styles – Harry Styles
- Paramore – After Laughter
Lastly, the Gorillaz recently performed on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert in which Colbert, in a parka, raps De La Soul’s rhymes in “Feel Good Inc.” surprisingly okay, though his evil laugh could use some work. Watch the video below: